Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi says the city remains at the negotiating table for a new NHL arena even though the Flames have declared they’ve pulled out of talks.

The NHL team is frustrated with “spectacularly unproductive” negotiations, according to team president Ken King.

“We remain ready to negotiate in good faith,” the mayor countered Wednesday.

“Council understands the importance of the Flames to this city, council understands the importance of having the Flames downtown.

“We worked very hard to come up with a deal that makes sense in this economy without impacting people’s taxes that nonetheless participates in both the risk and the upside.”

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The initial $890-million CalgaryNext project the Flames pitched two years ago included an arena, football stadium and field house built on the west side of downtown.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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